PA­TRICK AGUSTIN & CHERYL NG

The Right Path

Wedding Essentials - - REAL WEDDINGS - Pho­to­graphs RE­LIVE THOSE MO­MENTS Words CHERYL MOANA MARIE NG-AGUSTIN

Be­ing a sin­gle mom, I told my­self I did not need any man be­cause I al­ready have my son and that was enough for me.

Some­time in 2011 at A.P. Moller Maersk, I met Pat. Though he was good look­ing and a great guy, I strongly felt I had to put him off since I was not pre­pared for the di­rec­tion that the wanted us to go. How­ever, his per­sis­tence paid off be­cause I was per­suaded to give our re­la­tion­ship a sec­ond chance.

Like all other sin­gle moms, I had a lot of fears. Nev­er­the­less, with earnest as­sur­ances from Pat that ev­ery­thing will be al­right, our re­la­tion­ship flour­ished in love. His fam­ily ac­cepted me and my son with open arms.

And so we fi­nally de­cided to tie the knot on June 8, 2018. We chose an out­door setup with a lot of greens as Na­ture is the cen­tral theme of our wed­ding. I know that rain is part of na­ture, but I prayed for the heav­ens to give us sunshine, at least even for that one spe­cial day.

Like a test of faith, rain started to pour heav­ily on my wed­ding day. Mes­sages of en­cour­age­ment kept pour­ing in re­mind­ing me to just trust in the Lord with all my heart.

On the way to the church, the rain mo­men­tar­ily stopped seem­ing to give way to the much awaited walk down the aisle. Feel­ing com­pletely loved, I walked the aisle and saw fa­mil­iar faces full of af­fir­ma­tions that all is hap­pen­ing ac­cord­ing to heaven’s plan. As I saw my lov­ing son (my son who truly helped me and sup­ported me in mak­ing this life chang­ing de­ci­sion) be­side my groom, I could not help but give in to my over­whelm­ing emo­tions.

It was rain­ing through­out the cer­e­mony but then I saw this as heaven’s seal of ap­proval. At this point, I was just sa­vor­ing the mo­ment and I sub­mit­ted my­self to what­ever the day would bring us.

The re­cep­tion was held in a pavil­ion amidst a land­scape of flow­ers and greens. To me the high­light of the event was my sis­ter-in-law, Joshir’s heart­felt mes­sage. Ev­ery­one was in tears when she turned to look at my son and said, “Daddy na ang tawag mo kay Kuya PJ ha?” Then she turned to me say­ing, “Don’t worry, Ate; you will never ex­pe­ri­ence the un­pleas­ant things you had in your past re­la­tion­ship. My brother loves you so much. We will al­ways be here for you and Budong.”

It was at that point that I felt God’s con­fir­ma­tion that I, CHE, who took so many wrong turns in life have fi­nally found the right PATH.

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